President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has arrived in Angola to attend a meeting to “discuss unfolding developments in Zimbabwe”, a terse statement from the Presidency said on Tuesday.
The Summit of the SADC Organ Troika will take place in Luanda, Angola on Tuesday said the statement. The meeting is being hosted by President Joao Lourenco of Angola, who is the chairperson of the SADC Organ on politics, defence and security.
It has been a week since Zimbabwe soldiers moved into the capital Harare with tanks, which have remained at strategic places of the city, including the beleaguered 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s office, Parliament and the ZBC premises.
The situation remains tense with Mugabe refusing to step down even though his ruling Zanu PF has asked him to do so and has since announced that it had removed his as its leader. Mugabe ignored Zanu-PF’s Monday noon deadline to quit and now faces possible impeachment.
However, a briefing on Monday night by army commander General Constantino Chiwenga, said there was “progress” in discussions with Mugabe to resolve the impasse and that ousted vice president, Emmerson Mnangangwa was in touch with ageing leader.
Mnangagwa, who fled the country fearing for his life, has agreed to return to Zimbabwe.
– African News Agency (ANA)